Sony announces super fast A6600 and A6100 mirrorless cameras

Sony has announced two new APS-C mirrorless cameras: the flagship A6600 and the lower-tier A6100. The A6600 has several high-end features that position it as the successor to the A6500, which was introduced in October 2016.Like the A6500, the new A6600 features 5-axis in-body image stabilization, a 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor, and super fast autofocus (AF), which can find the subject in 0.02 seconds. It also has Real-Time AF tracking and the new Real-Time Eye AF tracking that originally debuted in the A6400, which we reviewed earlier this year. Sony has added a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a first for the company’s alpha series of cameras.

Key features: a6100

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Advanced AF system with highlight dependable subject tracking
  • 1.44M dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 0.9M dot LCD tilting rear touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for image transfer to smart devices (with NFC for quick connection)
  • 4K video capture
  • USB charging
  • A6100 Improved AF-Tracking (animals and humans),

  • Fastest AF (0.02sec), 11fps with tracking, silent shooting,

Key Features and Specifications a6600

  • Sony’s new flagship APS-C E-mount mirrorless camera
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • Improved ergonomics, including a larger front grip
  • Tilting 3-inch touchscreen
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS APS-C image sensor
  • Latest-generation Bionz X image processor
  • 14-bit raw file output
  • Native ISO range of 100-32,000
  • Extended ISO range of 50-102,400
  • Up to 11 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Hybrid autofocus system
  • 425 phase-detect autofocus points covering around 84 percent of the image area
  • Real-time eye-AF and real-time AF tracking
  • 4K/30p video recording with eye-AF, HLD HDR recording and more
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Built-in microphone and headphone jacks
  • High-capacity Z battery for up to 2.2x more battery life than A6500

The A6600 claims to have the longest battery life of any APS-C mirrorless camera, which Sony says is thanks to its Z battery pack, and it should last twice as long as the A6500. All in all, that should amount to about 720 shots before needing to be swapped out. Sony also says that its new BIONZ X image processing system, borrowed from its A9 and A7-series cameras, gives a 1.8x gain in data processing speeds over the A6500. Sony’s other new model, the A6100 — like most of its other APS-C cameras — relies on in-lens stabilization and doesn’t offer the BIONZ X image processing, but it does offer the same fast AF and Real-Time Eye AF tracking tech with still shots that the A6600 offers (although not for movie recording) along with the 24.2MP sensor.

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